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Dynasty Warriors 9 Review – Reinventing the War

Developer: Omega Force

Publisher: Koei Tecmo

Platform: PlayStation 4*, PC (Steam), Xbox One

ESRB Rating: T

Release Date: February 13th, 2017

MRSP: $59.99

*The PS4 Pro Version was used to review this game

Thank you, Koei Tecmo for providing a review copy!

[Video Review Forthcoming]


Dynasty Warriors 9 is the long awaited new mainline title in the “Dynasty Warriors” series of hack and slash games. This game attempts to completely redefine the series with an open and fully explorable world full of minigames, armies to fight, and sights to see. Will fans of the series have the next true evolution of musou games? Today we dive in and take a look.

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Story:
This series’ story has also been a constant retelling of the classic novel “
Romance of the Three Kingdoms”. This story explains the Three Kingdoms period in chinese history which is essentially a giant Chinese civil war. There are over 80 characters spread out across 5 factions, each of which have stories that carry over to various time periods throughout the war. Playing only one character will give you a story that wouldn’t answer a ton of questions and will constantly have you battling against characters you know nothing about. The more character stories you complete the more sense the overall story with make. The story itself is part cheesy, part serious war drama, and part anime. It isn’t bad by any means, but by the second or third character story you’ll already have seen all the major events at least once.

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Radiant Historia Perfect Chronology Near Perfect

Platform: Nintendo 3DS

Developer: Atlus

Publisher: Atlus USA

MRSP: 39.99

ESRB Rating: T

Thank You Atlus USA for a Review Copy of this Game

Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology is a remake of the DS classic Radiant Historia. However, Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology has a much higher production value with fully animated cutscenes, full voice acting, quality of life changes and an entire new timeline to explore. The original release of this game was critically acclaimed by critics and players alike, so now we need to ask: how does this remake still hold up as one of the classics in the history of the JRPG genre?

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Radiant Historia Perfect Chronology Demo Live Today

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For those of you looking forward to Atlus’ upcoming Radiant Historia Perfect Chronology, do I have some good news for you! Today Atlus has announced that a demo of the game will be available to play starting today!

For those who can’t wait for Feb. 13 to arrive, download the Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology demo today in the Nintendo eShop! Get familiar with the story and the game’s mechanics, then transfer your save file when the game launches.

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So if you want to see what the game is like for yourself go ahead and hop in and try it! In other news Atlus has uploaded a unboxing video of the launch edition of Perfect Chronology  in the spirit of the game! Take a look to see what you’ll be getting if you pick it up at launch!

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Review

Platform: 3DS

Developer: Intelligent Systems

Publisher: Nintendo

ESRB Rating:T

MRSP: $39.99

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia” is a remake of “Fire Emblem Gaiden,” a game that was never released outside of Japan. This is a true modern take on the original thanks to a revamped gameplay engine and a fully voiced cast. This may be one of the best entries in this strategy RPG franchise.

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Legend of Heroes Trails of Cold Steel II Hits PC Valentines Day for $39.99

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In a live stream over the weekend XSEED Games announced that The Legend of Heroes Trails of Cold Steel II will be hitting Steam this Valentines day. This morning XSEED has released a full statement detailing the PC release of the game along with the price point of the game.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II, will be released worldwide for Windows PC by XSEED Games via Steam, GOG, and the Humble Store by Humble Bundle on February 14 with a 10% launch week discount from its regular selling price of $39.99, €39.99, and £29.99. Owners of The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel on PC will be able to use their existing save files in The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II to gain access to special dialogue with characters reflecting the prior choices for a more personalized experience.
In addition to higher framerates, improved textures, and other graphical improvements that The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel received when it launched on PC in 2017, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II will launch with support for ultra-wide resolutions, a brand new feature allowing players to bypass the Title Screen and launch the game directly from their most recent save, the return of the popular “Turbo Mode,” and over 50% more voice lines from the title’s original English voice cast!
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There seems to be quite a lot of changes added to the game for the PC release over the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita release of the game. If you are on the fence about Trails of Cold Steel II check out our review of the Vita version of the game here.
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Shin Megami Tensei Strange Journey Redux Launches May 15th in NA May 18th in EU

Some exciting news this morning from Atlus for all Shin Megami Tensei fans. Shin Megami Tensei Strange Journey Redux for the Nintendo 3DS will be launching on May 15th in North America and May 18th in Europe.

Calling all United Nations soldiers, a spatial distortion is expected to appear in Antarctica on May 15 when Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux releases for $39.99 (with commensurate European pricing) for Nintendo 3DS™! Featuring additional story content, new illustrations by Masayuki Doi, and a brand-new character, Alex, Strange Journey Redux is an ATLUS JRPG adventure fans of the series won’t want to miss!

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With the announcement of this release date, Atlus USA has also shown off an updated North American box art which closely resembles the Japanese box art that released last year.

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Be on the look out for more coverage of Shin Megami Tensei Strange Journey Redux including our review of the game as we get close to launch!

Zwei:The Arges Adventure Hits PC on January 24th

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This afternoon XSEED has confirmed that Nihon Falcom game Zwei The Arges Adventure will release on PC January 24th for $19.99.

 XSEED Games, the independent-minded publishing brand of Marvelous USA, Inc., today announced that Zwei: The Arges Adventure, the original entry in the Zwei series from acclaimed developer Nihon Falcom and stand-alone predecessor to Zwei: The Ilvard Insurrection, will launch for Windows PC via SteamGOG, and The Humble Store by Humble Bundle on Wednesday, January 24. To celebrate this launch, the title will receive a limited-time 10% launch discount from its regular selling price of $19.99/€19.99/£14.99.

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For those of you holding out on playing the latest Zwei game that hit PC last year to play this game you are certainly in luck! We hope to bring you a review of both Zwei games in the near future!

YS VIII Releases on PC January 30th Alongside Localization Changes

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This afternoon NIS America has unveiled their release date for YS VIII. PC gamers can get their hands on this JRPG through Steam on January 30th. Alongside the PC release NIS America will be releasing an update that will improve the localization quality of YS VIII on the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation Vita.

We are pleased to announce that the PC release of Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA will have a target global release date of January 30, 2018. Included in the PC release are game optimizations and the localization revisions originally announced in October. The localization revisions include improvements to the game’s script, adjustments to graphical text and re-recorded audio and will be implemented across PC, PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®Vita versions simultaneously.

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It’s good to see NIS America is working diligently to improve their localization quality and give the game the translation it deserves. You can take a look at some examples of the improved localization here:

PC Gamers can also take advantage of some bonuses if they purchase the game in the first week of launch as well!

For one week only, PC users will be able to download the following for free until Feb 6, 10:00am PST:

If you are interested to know how the game plays be sure to check out our review of YS VIII here.

Harvest Moon The Light of Hope Review-Nothing but Despair

Developers:Natsume

Publisher: Natsume

Platforms: PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4

MRSP: $29.99

Harvest Moon the Light of Hope is Natsume’s fifth Harvest Moon game since the split with Marvelous. This game is also Natsume’s celebration for the series 20th Anniversary in the west, and seems to be a good indicator of where this series will be heading for the future. So now we need to ask how did Natsume do with this game? Did they learn from the several mistakes and finally create a game that could compete with the mainline Bokujo series, or is this a game filled with despair rather than hope?

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Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada Review – Poster Boy Chronicles

Developer: Omega Force

Publisher: Koei Tecmo

Platform: PlayStation 4*, PC (Steam), Playstation Vita (JP Only), Playstation 3 (JP Only), Nintendo Switch (JP Only)

ESRB Rating: T

Release Date: May 23rd, 2017

MRSP: $59.99

*The PS4 Pro Version was used to review this game

A retail copy was purchased by the reviewer for this review.

After a series of spin offs for the “Samurai Warriors 4” line of games, “Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada” seems to be bringing them to a close. Going for a much more linear, drama based story mode instead of the wide scale story angles told in the previous games we see a departure from the traditional Samurai Warriors and Dynasty Warriors spin offs. Does Spirit of Sanada have enough original ideas and mechanics to set itself apart from the plethora of other history based musou games?

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The story of the Warring States Period is one the Samurai Warriors games will tell again and again until they can’t scrape any new details from the history books. Spirit of Sanada tells the story of these events from the Sanada clan, and does so rather well. The characters are well fleshed out and a lot more likeable than previous entries in the series. They are are only two major gripes I have. One is the pacing between the multi-stage battles has you doing very pointless and repetitive side missions which old within the first few hours. The second is the very confusing and underwhelming ending. It is very undramatized from history almost to a fault. For them to change small details about the events but not change the ending to be a little bit more fulfilling to the character is an odd choice.

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